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Saint Matthias, apostle – Feast

14 May 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:9-17.

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

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DAILY MASSSaturday 14 May 2016

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Saint Matthias, apostle – Feast

14 May 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Lawrence Justiniani (1381-1455),

Canon regular, then Bishop of Venice
Sermon for the Feast of St Matthias

God chose the apostle Matthias

The apostle Paul writes: “O the depth of the riches and wisdom of God! How inscrutable are his judgements and how unsearchable his ways!” (Rom 11,33)… And one of the psalms says: “In wisdom you have wrought them all” (Ps. 104[103],24), that is to say, in your Word, your everlasting utterance. Now, if it is in and through the Word that all things were made (Jn 1,3), who could doubt that it is with wisdom and that he has chosen his disciples perfectly and without partiality? “He chose us in him,” the apostle Paul says, “before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1,4)…

Let us consider the choice of Matthias. The apostles had chosen Joseph Barsabbas and Matthias…; then they had presented their choice before him who judges the heart and who “knew the hearts of them all” so that he might make known to them which of the two he himself had chosen. And he had surely chosen Matthias for that honor even before the lot had been cast, even before the foundation of the world…

“All that you ask for in prayer,” the Lord says, “believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours” (Mk 11,24). Hence the custom of the Church of praying together in common each time it thinks it must ask something of the Lord. No other means has so great a hold over God’s will than prayer, provided it is offered with faith, serenity, humility and perseverance. So drawing lots had no influence over the choice of this glorious apostle since, as Scripture shows, the apostles began with prayer. Rather, it was in response to their prayer that God inspired them to draw lots for this election. On the other hand, Matthias was not granted any lesser grace than Peter or the other apostles although he was called last of all. He received the Spirit as fully as the others and the same spiritual gifts as they did. When it came to rest on him, the Holy Spirit filled him with charity; it enabled him to speak in every tongue, to work miracles, convert nations, preach Christ and win the victory of martyrdom.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2016

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Saint Matthias, apostle – Feast

14 May 2016

Saint of the day

Saint Matthias,

apostle

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Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

After our blessed Lord’s Ascension his disciples met together, with Mary his mother and the eleven apostles, in an upper room at Jerusalem.

        The little company numbered no more than one hundred and twenty souls. They were waiting for the promised coining of the Holy Spirit, and they persevered in prayer. Meanwhile there was a solemn act to be performed on the part of the Church, which could not be postponed. The place of the fallen Judas must be filled up, that the elect number of the apostles might be complete.

St. Peter, therefore, as Vicar of Christ, arose to announce the divine decree. That which the Holy Spirit had spoken by the mouth of David concerning Judas, he said, must be fulfilled. Of him it had been written, “His bishopric let another take.” A choice, therefore, was to be made of one among those who had been their companions from the beginning, who could bear witness to the Resurrection of Jesus.

        Two were named of equal merit, Joseph called Barsabas, and Matthias. Then, after praying to God, who knows the hearts of all men, to show which of these he had chosen, they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, who was forthwith numbered with the apostles.

  It is recorded of the Saint, thus wonderfully elected to so high a vocation, that he was above all remarkable for his mortification of the flesh. It was thus that he made his election sure.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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Mark 16:15-20

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“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

Psalms 23(22):1-3a.3b-4.5.6. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love you. “

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